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World Cup 2019, Match16- SL Vs BAN, Preview: Rain Threat Looms Large As Lanka Out To Go Against The Tigers

In the 16th match of the exciting World Cup 2019 expedition, another Asian battle will be taking the center stage as Sri Lanka will be squaring off with Bangladesh at the County Ground in Bristol on June 11, Tuesday. Both the teams are quite low on confidence as they are coming into this game after conceding comprehensive losses in their respective previous outings. Thus, they would be quite keen to do well in this match and come back to winning ways.

Both the teams have won only one match so far in the tournament after three outings. While Bangladesh defeated South Africa, they lost to New Zealand and England. Sri Lanka, at the moment, are placed better than the Tigers with three points to their name after beating Afghanistan and their game against Pakistan was washed out.

Bangladesh started their campaign in the World Cup on a grand note. Mashrafe Mortaza & Co. defeated South Africa by 21 runs to become the first Asian team to beat the Proteas twice in the mega event. The Tigers gave New Zealand a tough fight at the same venue, but the Kiwis came out trumps by three wickets. Bangladesh lost their third match against England by a mammoth 106 runs.

Sri Lanka have been anything but enterprising in their displays. Their victory over Afghanistan in Cardiff a week ago was one they simply had to get however it came and indeed they did get it, although in a far from convincing fashion, losing seven wickets for 36 runs in the space of 11 overs when they batted. It is the batting collapse of the tournament so far, an accolade they won't enjoy.

Their bowlers, particularly Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga, dug them out a hole, though, and secured the win but it wasn't the confidence-inducing performance that they would have hoped for after their first game loss to New Zealand. The less said about that hammering the better.

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Sri Lanka’s likely Playing XI

The Lankans will make an unforced changed after Nuwan Pradeep, who was the Player of the Match against the Afghans, was ruled out of the game. The speedster suffered an injury on his bowling arm. Jeevan Mendis is most likely to replace him. Kusal Perera may be persisted as the opener with Lahiru Thirimanne at number three. Karunaratne needs to play his part with the willow as well.

The likes of Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, and Dhananjaya de Silva haven’t done anything of sorts and they are required to step up. Suranga Lakmal is yet to pick up a wicket in the mega event. Lasith Malinga was expensive versus the Kiwis but got his rhythm back in the erstwhile encounter. A lot will also depend on how all-rounder Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana deliver.

Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.

Bangladesh’s likely Playing XI

The Tigers may still not alter their playing eleven after the defeat. They are persisting with Mohammad Mithun despite a few indifferent shows. If he doesn’t play then Sabbir Rahman may get a chance. Rubel Hossain may have to warm the bench yet again. Mashrafe has looked a tad rusty with the ball and he needs to deliver soon. Mustafizur Rahman needs to get the early breakthroughs.

Mohammad Saifuddin has also blown hot and hot and he has to be a bit more consistent. Tamim Iqbal’s form is turning out to be a concern. The team will again be looking up to Shakib for another masterful show. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah’s role will be crucial as well. The onus will also be on Soumya Sarkar to give his team a decent start to the innings.

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun/Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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